Sixers at Cavaliers Preview
The 76ers are in Cleveland tonight with hopes to snap a 6-game road losing streak against the Cavaliers. The Cavs sit at the bottom of the well in the Eastern Conference but have been playing better basketball as of late – winning 3 out of their last 4 games, including an overtime victory over the sputtering Miami Heat on Monday.
The Sixers will take the court winning 5 out of the last 6 games. The problem? Only one of them was on the road (loss in Milwaukee) and roughly 3 of the wins came with Ben Simmons on the court.
All indications point to Ben Simmons being out for an extended period of time. Joel Embiid absolutely destroyed the Hawks on Monday night – setting a new career-high in points with 49.
The Sixers can’t rely on Joel to drop 49 points every game. There needs to be more help from the rest of his teammates that aren’t named Tobias Harris.
Next Man Up Mentality:
Josh Richardson will be running point-guard in what Brett Brown is calling the “point guard by committee” approach. Even at point guard, Richardson needs to remain aggressive and always be looking to score.
From Sixers Wire:
“It’s all basketball at the end of the day, I just need to remember to be aggressive,” he explained. “Sometimes I get too into trying to get guys organized and I forget about being aggressive and it hurts the offense sometimes.” – Josh Richardson
Shake Milton. I like Shake in the back-up PG role. He’s found some success over the last few games and deserves the chance to keep playing and growing.
Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III. To say the least, we need more production from both Burks and GR3. The honeymoon is over. Since joining the Sixers, both players have shot a combined 4/21 from beyond the arch.
Al Horford continues to disappoint. Over the last 10 games – Horford has averaged just over 7 PPG while shooting an abysmal 32% from the floor. If there’s anything left in Horford’s tank – now would be the time to burn the fumes.
Of course, this team will run through Joel Embiid. Everyone in Philadelphia would feel much better if he can put a string of games together where he’s playing at a high level. Consistency is key. His attitude on and off the court has seemed to change over the last week – which is a good sign.
“I said before the All-Star break I was going to have a different mindset, be aggressive,” Embiid said. “I said I was going to get back to having fun. Having fun comes in different forms. I don’t have to always be smiling and laughing. I can have fun just dominating the game.” – Joel Embiid
Sixers get a much-needed road win before heading home to face the Knicks Thursday night.
Here’s Why: The Cavs are simply not a good team. Joel Embiid owns Andre Drummond. The Sixers have absolutely dominated the Cavs this year. They are 3-0 against Cleveland this season and their most impressive win of the year on December 7th against the Cavs when they absolutely destroyed them 141-94.
The Sixers are currently 7.5 point favorites.
I’ll take the points. √
This game should be an easy win. Unite, Or Die.